Crate Training Puppies At Night

Crate Training Puppies

Crate training puppies is a very good idea especially in conjunction with either traditional house training outdoors or potty training with a dog litter box indoors.  The use of a dog crate just helps speed up the process for both methods for all types of breeds.

The aim of crate training is to teach the puppy that a crate is a nice, safe place to sleep and relax rather than a place of confinement.  At the same time, there is a natural tendency for dogs not to want to eliminate where they sleep so by using a crate, they will learn to hold things in until let out.

However, when it comes to crate training puppies at night, new puppy owners will have to take into account that their puppy might not be able to last the entire night inside the crate without having to eliminate.  Young puppies have small bladders and they won’t be able to hold things in for say an eight hour night right away.

Formula For Crate Training Puppies At Night

A good rule of thumb is to use a formula that estimates just how long a puppy can hold things in and this depends on the age of the dog.  You take the puppy’s age in number of months and add one.  So for example, if a puppy is three months old, you add one which results in four.  This formula then predicts that the maximum number of hours that a puppy of three months of age can hold things in will be four hours.

Therefore, a typical three month old puppy will not last the entire night in a crate without having to be let out in the middle of the night to go.  You can opt to get up in the middle of the night if you want but another option might be to simply put the crate with the gate open in an enclosed puppy room.  This gives the puppy somewhere to eliminate without having you to get up in the middle of the night.

For general basic dog training, see my free video at my website or the details at the top left sidebar of this blog.

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